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High-speed photo of potter wasp above flowers

High-speed photo of potter wasp above flowers

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28.7 x 43.7 cm ⏐ 11.3 x 17.2 in (300dpi)

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DR. JOHN BRACKENBURY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR. JOHN BRACKENBURY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Potter Wasp. High-speed photograph of a potter wasp (Eumenes sp.) in flight above yellow and red flowers. The potter wasp (also known as the mason wasp) is so called because of its pot-shaped mud nests. It has clear yellow and black markings which in nature are warning colours. These warn potential predators that the insect has a defence mechanism such as a venomous sting. Potter wasps are solitary insects which feed on nectar and small caterpillars. The female will paralyse caterpillars in the nest. She then lays her eggs onto the caterpillars and the larva will consume them as it grows.

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